This page serves as a guide to homeowners on the mandatory checks they are required to conduct if they wish to rent out their premises to foreigners.
Anti-Harbouring – The Homeowner’s Responsibility
Overstayers and illegal immigrants may pose security problems to your family and neighbourhood. You can help keep your home and neighbourhood safe and secure by denying them a place to stay through ensuring that your prospective foreign tenants have valid travel documents and immigration/work passes before renting a room/flat/house to them.
Steps to Check on the Immigration Status of Foreign Tenants
Homeowners who wish to rent their premises to foreigners are required to exercise due diligence in checking the status of their prospective foreign tenants to ensure that they are in Singapore legally.
Before renting your room, flat or house, you are required to carry out the following THREE mandatory checks:
1) Check his ORIGINAL immigration pass and/or work pass
2) Cross-check the particulars of his pass against the particulars on his ORIGINAL passport
3) Verify the validity of his pass either by checking with the issuing authority, which is the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority OR the Ministry of Manpower.
Please click here to view the images of the different types of passes.
Avenues of Verification of Validity of Passes
Consequences of Harbouring Overstayers and/or Illegal Immigrants
Under the Immigration Act, the homeowner is liable to be charged for harbouring overstayers and/or illegal immigrants in his house if investigations reveal that he has not exercised due diligence as required by the law.
If the homeowner is found guilty of recklessly (i.e. failing to carry out all three due diligence checks or carrying out only one of these checks) or knowingly harbouring overstayers and/or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than two years AND a fine not exceeding S$6,000.
If the homeowner is found guilty of negligently (i.e. carrying out only two of the three due diligence checks) harbouring overstayers and/or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months OR a fine not exceeding S$6,000 OR to both.
If you have information on immigration offenders, you may call ICA on the toll-free hotline 1800-391 6150.